Thursday, January 03, 2013

Oregon: 2013 Fiesta Bowl Champions

Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17 in the Fiesta Bowl tonight in Glendale, Ariz., to finish with a 12-1 record and seal their second consecutive season that ends with a victory in a BCS bowl. It marked the Ducks' third consecutive season - and third time in UO history - to win 12 games.
As the clock wound down inside University of Phoenix Stadium, Oregon fans chanted, "We want Chip!" and "One more year!" 
Top performance: Oregon redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 12 of 24 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns en route to being named the game's offensive most valuable player. De’Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Mariota in the third quarter.
Key contributors: Oregon running back Kenjon Barner rushed for 142 yards on 29 carries. Michael Clay was named the game's defensive most valuable player.
Key sequence: Kansas State went on a strong drive near the end of the first half while down 15-10 only to miss a 40-yard field goal with about a minute remaining. Oregon,which had struggled on offense to that point, then drove 77 yards on five plays in 46 seconds and scored on a 24-yard pass from Mariota to Barner to make the score 22-10.
It was over when: Oregon drove 61 yards in seven plays, scoring on a two-yard run by Mariota to make the score 32-10 following a blocked extra point recovered by KSU and then run into its end zone for a rare PAT, one-point safety.
They said it: "If for some reason some teams want to talk to me it's because of those players over there," Chip Kelly in an on-field interview after the game when asked about whether he has interest in NFL head coaching jobs. 

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